16/07/2019

Crime Prevention Officers Swoop in with Advice as Part of Operation Phoenix

Cleveland Police’s Crime Prevention Officers are offering advice and assistance for members of the public as part of a new major summer operation.

Crime Prevention Op Phoenix This is part of Cleveland Police’s Operation Phoenix; a summer-long operation to improve public service, help vulnerable people, tackle serious violence and prevent crime.

Crime Prevention officers are able to advise members of the public on a number of safety issues ranging from burglaries to thefts from vehicles and community based crime, and can offer advice on steps people can take to help themselves stay safe.

Engagement events in town centres will be held by Crime Prevention Officers every working day for the three-month duration of Operation Phoenix to talk with local communities about crime prevention.

Officers at these events will be offering crime prevention advice and showcasing different types of equipment that is both practical and inexpensive, enabling people to improve the security of their homes, businesses and gardens.

Crime Prevention Officers began holding events across Cleveland starting as of yesterday in the Hartlepool Civic Centre. The rest of this week’s events will be at Castlegate Centre Stockton on Wednesday 17th July from 11am till 1pm, Hartlepool Central Library on Thursday 18th July from 2pm till 4pm and finishing at Barclays in Middlesbrough on Friday 19th July from 10am till 12pm.

Further events will be at Barclays in Thornaby on Monday 22nd July from 11am till 1pm, Tesco Southbank on Tuesday 23rd July from 10am till 12pm, Hartlepool Central Library on Wednesday 24th July from 10am till 12pm, Middlesbrough Bus Station on Thursday 25th July from 10am till 12pm, Nationwide in Stockton on Friday 26th July from 10am and 12pm and finally, Cleveland Show in Middlesbrough on Saturday 27th July from 10am till 5pm.

Paul Payne, part of the seven-strong crime prevention team, said: “As a team we believe that we need to be proactive and give advice to as many people as possible. We have decided to take our expertise on the road where we can engage with thousands of people over the coming months, enabling people to take our advice and put it into practice.

“Keep an eye on the Cleveland Police social media pages to find an event near you. The team is here to make Cleveland a safer place to live, work and play and we hope you’ll come along to see us.”

Operation Phoenix sees officers focusing on key areas such as vulnerability and violent crime by providing additional resources to get the job done. The force has allocated funding to invest in these key areas over the next three months.

Proactive operations are to be conducted over the course of the summer campaign to disrupt organised crime and target criminals, as well as focusing on prevention and problem solving.

Help us to help you by attending these events to find out how to keep you and your home safer this summer.